Posts tagged Japan
‘Toilet Paper For Smartphones’ Installed In Japanese Airport Bathrooms

Be honest - you use your phone while sat on the toilet… Not the most hygienic of activities. But now, an airport in Japan is staying true to the country’s reputation for cleanliness after installing ‘toilet paper’ dispensers for people to clean their smartphones after bathroom use.

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Japanese Students Create Impossibly Complicated Clock That Re-Writes The Time Every Minute

No matter how many smartwatches enter the market, nothing will compare to the mechanical fascination of analogue. Watching all the gears, springs and cogs spinning makes for an almost hypnotic experience. Students at the Tohoku University of Art And Design in Japan have taken note of this, creating incredibly complicated clock that writes out the time.

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Japanese Create 13-Foot Armed Mech, Controlled By Smartphone

Japanese engineers from Suidobashi Heavy Industries have built a 13-foot-tall, 4.4-tonne mech called 'Kuratas,' which is controllable via iPhone and fires gattling guns when you smile.  The company plans to take it into mass production, selling it for the price of $1.35 million (about £860,530).

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The 'OnaCon': TechArts 3D's Masturbation Stat-Tracking Gaming Peripheral

The world of videogames isn't averse to adult-orientated games – as our run-down of the best games to 'enjoy' over valentine's day no doubt proved, aroused 8-bit caricatures and all – nor indeed is it of frankly absurd add-on peripherals, such as Nintendo's Vitality Sensor (still yet to see a release) and bowling ball attachment for the Wii. Really. But even so, we struggle to come up with the words to describe what Japanese adult game studio TechArts 3D have come up with.

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Researchers Build 'SpeechJammer' To Mute The Human Voice

Japanese researchers have created a device to perpetuate the definition of "silence is golden," by remotely cutting off human speech without any physical discomfort or intervention.  So with what looks like a handheld speed camera, you can literally mute a person: a piece of technology many of us here wish we can acquire.

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Sony launches 'Dot Switch' promo

Doing a classic Apple: bringing technologies together, yet keeping vague on details.  Sony have just released a short promotional trailer about what they're called the "Dot Switch."

In the demo, the user uses his Sony Xperia phone to activate various Sony technologies as he/she walks by them, including a gramophone (we're just as confused as you on that one), a Bravia TV set, a set of confetti cannons (again, confused), and finally a device that's revealed by a robot arm removing the tray cover.

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Google offers a glimpse of Japan's tsunami devastation

Back in July of this year, Google announced its intention to “digitally archive” panoramic images of areas of North-Eastern Japan in an attempt to bring home to billions all over the globe the tremendous size and scale of, and devastation caused by, the March 11 tsunami that tore through  eastern coastal regions following the country's most powerful earthquake since records began.

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